WHO Raises Alarm Over Spread of H5N1 Bird Flu to Humans

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:52pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday Health & Wellness

The World Health Organization (WHO) expresses grave concern as the H5N1 bird flu strain spreads to new species, including humans. WHO's chief scientist warns of a global zoonotic animal pandemic as the virus infects mammals like cows and goats. While no evidence of human-to-human transmission exists, the mortality rate among infected individuals is "extraordinarily high" at 52%. With 463 deaths recorded from 889 human cases across 23 states in the last 15 months, WHO emphasizes the virus's potential to evolve and infect new hosts, heightening global health risks.

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India Second Highest in Hepatitis B & C Cases Globally, Reveals WHO Report

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:20pm on 09 Apr 2024,Tuesday Health & Wellness

India ranks second globally in hepatitis B and C cases after China, according to the World Health Organization's 2024 Global Hepatitis Report. With over 3.5 lakh cases in 2022, India accounted for 11.6% of the global disease burden that year. Chronic hepatitis B infection contributes to 40-50% of liver cancer cases and 20-30% of cirrhosis cases in India. Despite vaccine availability since 2002, only 2.4% of infected individuals in India have received diagnosis coverage. Urgent action is needed to address the rising mortality rates and improve vaccination coverage to combat the hepatitis epidemic.

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An Healthy 28-Year-Old Dutch Woman Chooses Euthanasia Due to Crippling Depression

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:42am on 07 Apr 2024,Sunday Health & Wellness

28-year-old Dutch woman, Zoraya ter Beek, will be euthanized in May due to severe depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder. Despite love for her boyfriend and two cats, doctors deemed her condition untreatable, prompting her decision. Once aspiring to be a psychiatrist, ter Beek expressed her inability to continue living if her condition didn't improve. Living in a Dutch village near Germany, her case sparks debate on euthanasia for mental health issues. Ter Beek's story sheds light on the struggles faced by individuals with complex mental health conditions, highlighting the need for further discussion and support.

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Experts Warn of Potential H5N1 Bird Flu Pandemic, Potentially "100 Times Worse Than COVID"

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:25am on 06 Apr 2024,Saturday Health & Wellness

Experts raise alarm over the rapid spread potential of H5N1 bird flu, fearing a death toll "100 times worse than the Covid pandemic." Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi emphasizes the virus's ability to infect various mammals, including humans, prompting calls for readiness. Recent cases of human transmission amplify concerns, with H5N1's high mortality rate compared to Covid-19. The virus, primarily spread by poultry, poses severe respiratory risks, with a fatality rate exceeding 50%. Urgent global attention is warranted, as warnings signal a looming pandemic threat with dire consequences.            

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Contraceptive Injections with Progestogens Linked to Brain Tumour Risk: Study

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 03:24pm on 28 Mar 2024,Thursday Health & Wellness

Certain contraceptive injections containing progestogens, like Depo-Provera, may increase the risk of meningioma, a rare brain tumour, according to new research. The study urges caution but advises against discontinuing birth control without consulting a doctor. While the risk is elevated, experts stress the importance of considering the benefits of contraception. Pfizer, manufacturer of Depo-Provera, acknowledges the risk and is updating product information. Observational study limitations prevent conclusive causation, emphasizing the need for further investigation. Patients experiencing symptoms should consult a healthcare professional for guidance on treatment adjustments.

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Indian Pharma Giant Dr. Reddy’s Launches Cancer Drug Versavo in UK, Expanding Global Reach

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:15pm on 20 Mar 2024,Wednesday Health & Wellness

Indian pharmaceutical giant Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has introduced Versavo (bevacizumab), a biosimilar of Roche’s cancer drug Avastin, in the United Kingdom. Versavo, indicated for various cancers, including colorectal and breast cancer, was initially launched in India in 2019. Its expansion into the UK market highlights Dr. Reddy’s commitment to providing global access to high-quality biosimilar products. Jayanth Sridhar, global head of biologics at Dr. Reddy’s, emphasized the significance of the launch, signaling the company's focus on oncology and meeting the unmet needs of patients worldwide.

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Vaping Linked to DNA Changes Similar to Smoking, Raises Health Concerns: Study

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 02:54pm on 20 Mar 2024,Wednesday Health & Wellness

In a new study, vaping is found to cause DNA changes akin to smoking, posing potential health risks. The research, published in Cancer Research, reveals epigenetic alterations in cells exposed to e-cigarette vapor, highlighting the need for further investigation into vaping's long-term effects. While not conclusive of cancer risk equivalence, the findings underscore potential health impacts. Experts urge caution, emphasizing the study's limitations and the necessity for more comprehensive data analysis to determine vaping's comparative risk profile. The study prompts a broader discussion on e-cigarette use and its potential health implications.

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An Australian Music Festival Experienced a Faecal Disease Outbreak, Affecting Hundreds of Attendees

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 03:13am on 20 Mar 2024,Wednesday Health & Wellness

A shigellosis outbreak has hit attendees of Victoria's Esoteric Festival, causing gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhoea and fever. The Department of Health confirms 230 reported cases. Shigellosis spreads through infected faeces and poses severe risks, especially to young children and the elderly. Festivalgoers are urged to get tested immediately if experiencing symptoms. Health officials warn of potential spread as patrons return home. Those working in sensitive sectors like food handling or healthcare should refrain from work until advised. The festival, held from March 8th to 12th in Donald, Victoria, prompts a call for vigilance and precautionary measures.

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The FDA has Granted Approval for the Initial Medication to Treat a Severe Liver Condition

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:54am on 15 Mar 2024,Friday Health & Wellness

The FDA greenlights Rezdiffra (resmetirom) as the first drug to tackle nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a severe liver condition affecting millions in the U.S. NASH results from liver inflammation due to excess fat, often leading to scarring and dysfunction. Rezdiffra targets liver damage directly, offering hope alongside diet and exercise for NASH patients with notable scarring. Roughly 6-8 million Americans suffer from moderate to advanced NASH. The drug's mechanism involves reducing liver fat accumulation, albeit with common side effects like diarrhea and nausea. However, caution is advised for patients with cirrhosis, emphasizing vigilance for worsening liver function.

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9 People Died and 78 Got Sick in Zanzibar After Eating Sea Turtle Meat

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:59am on 10 Mar 2024,Sunday Health & Wellness

Eight children and an adult died on Pemba Island, Zanzibar, after consuming sea turtle meat, a local delicacy causing periodic chelonitoxism, a fatal food poisoning. The mother of one deceased child also succumbed. Seventy-eight others were hospitalized. Laboratory tests confirmed the cause. Zanzibar authorities, responding to a similar incident in November 2021, dispatched a disaster management team, advising against turtle consumption.

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